Executive Masters of Business Administration - MBA

Course Description

The Cardiff School of Management (CSM) Executive Masters of Business Administration (MBA) has been developed in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institution (CMI) syllabus to develop to develop more effective mangers and future leaders and offers students associate membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) as well as Prince2 and a CMI Postgraduate Management Certificate.

Successfully completing the CSM Executive MBA could be the catalyst for enhanced career developments such as moving to a more senior role or it could enable you to develop beyond your technical specialism.

The core elements of CSM Executive MBA are delivered through intensive modular input in weekend blocks, with additional online activities and real business projects to encourage a deeper understanding. There will be a strong emphasis on interactive teaching and learning. The elective modules allow you to specialise in areas that best suit your needs. 

The programme format is delivered at a pace that suites you and your work commitment - it is a highly practical and action-oriented approach:

You can complete your Executive MBA in a number of way:

  • 'Fast-track' Executive MBA over 24 months
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Business Administration in Year 1
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Business Administration in Year 2
  • Executive MBA completed in Year 3

The programme's focus in on building a deeper understanding of core business and management disciplines and learning how they link together strategically and operationally.

Course Content

Core modules – 140-credits:

  • Strategic Management (20-credits)
  • Operations Management (20-credits)
  • Strategic Marketing (20-credits)
  • Strategic HRM (20-credits)
  • Accounting, Economics and Finance (AEF) for Decision Markers (20-credits)
  • Management Report & Research Methods (40 credits)

Option subjects – 40-credits:

  • Taught:
  • Management of Change (20-credits)
  • Management Consultancy (20-credits)


  • Work-based Learning Module (20-credit)

Management Report:

Completion of a 8,000-word management report based on a real world management problem, utilising both current theory and practice. Each student on the course will be allocated to a subject expert and have access to an online research methods module. Students will have six months to complete this work. Prizes for best student and best management report are awarded at the end of the course.

Learning & Teaching

The Executive MBA is designed to:

Be action-oriented - the programme design, with its work-based assignments and leadership challenges, helps you apply your learning and ensure that as your abilities grow, your organisation reaps the benefits.

Build a foundation of knowledge - on the Executive MBA we help you grow your knowledge from the ground up via core courses that refresh your existing skills and secure your understanding of key management topics.

Offers customised learning - which will give you the ideal opportunity to broaden your experience, focus on subjects of particular interest and tailor your Executive MBA to your specific needs.

Provide a hands-on approach - to management topics, inviting business leaders and thinkers into the programme to work with you on live case studies that allow you to explore new industries and test new approaches.

Offer complete flexibility - modules are completed in self-contained blocks. The programme can be completed within two to five years with the option to vary the number of modules taken each year to suit your lifestyle, work and personal commitments.

Focus on leadership development - which is geared to developing your knowledge of business functions and their interactions, and to building your ability to manage and lead in complex organisational situations. It dovetails seamlessly with our existing, highly successful portfolio of leadership courses.

The programme is completed in weekend study (normally one weekend a month) and is comprised of five core subjects, two electives and finally a management report.


Furthermore all course work on this Executive MBA can be focused on your company so adding significant value to your studies.

Employability & Careers

This Cardiff School of Management Executive MBA has been designed to be very flexible and to link into the existing executive courses in CSM. Credits achieved on these other executive courses can be transferred to the Executive MBA.

Visit the Executive Masters of Business Administration - MBA page on the Cardiff Metropolitan University web site for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have one of the following:

A Honours degree at least 2:2 and at least four years management work experience
Other professional qualifications such as CIM or CIMA will also be considered plus four years management work experience.

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